From ANA-MPA: During a visit to the Greek island of Lesvos, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said he was satisfied as good progress has been made in improving conditions at the island’s facilities for migrants and refugees.
He inspected the hosting centre for asylum seekers one year after the EU-Turkey migration deal began.
Avramopoulos noted that the current tension between the EU and Turkey must not affect the migration deal that has stopped refugee waves migrating from Turkey to Europe.
Avramopoulos also said, “Proof of the successful implementation of the Statement [EU-Turkey deal] is the comparison with the situation that existed last year, when roughly 10,000 migrants a day crossed the Aegean instead of an average of 40-50 a day. The losses of life have declined sharply.”
He promised the work will continue, while adding that the more vulnerable groups have already been transferred to the mainland. Avramopoulos also said that building more closed reception centres will help speed up the returns of irregular migrants.